SOUTH FORK- Shady Burro Enduro in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Enduro Racers will be coming back to South Fork after a year’s break for their fourth annual motor dirt bike race in South Fork. Enduro Coordinator and Director Scott Bright and his team have spent countless hours planning with several agencies to ensure the safety of both the riders and the community of South Fork.
“The plan we are using has been tested and has been successful for several other racing events across the state, and in other locations, and has been approved by all assisting agencies. We have been working with the Rio Grande National Forest, National Forest Service, Rio Grande County, Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Department, Town of South Fork, CDOT, Colorado State Patrol and the railroad in order to make this happen,” said Bright.
The group has had to make several changes to the event plans in order to comply with both state and local COVID-19 regulations and has received approval from all of the above agencies to move forward with this year’s race. “The Forest Service has been instrumental in the planning process and we were able to come to an agreement. We have received permits from CODT and the county to allow access to trails and have devised a plan that will meet social distancing guidelines.”
“We are really happy to be back this year and will be continuing this event for years to come. This is going to be a tradition here in South Fork and the San Luis Valley. We are eager to bring the business to the area and help in any way we can. We have seen this particular plan work all over the state over the summer and we are confident it will work.”
Bright also explained that there will be social distancing at the camping location which is the field located next to Highway 160 east of South Fork where Rhythms on the Rio typically takes place. “The owner Kurt Carlton is very supportive and proud of South Fork and its businesses. They are happy to have us coming back this year.”
Other than the COVID-19 changes that will be taking place, the race is going to look relatively the same according to Bright. The race will take place on the south side of Highway 160 on Rio Grande National Forest roads Saturday and the north side of the road Sunday. Travelers in the area should expect a rise in traffic in the mornings from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. as racers head out to the trails and from around 4 p.m. until dark in the evenings on both Saturday and Sunday Aug. 8 and 9.
The race is made to test the endurance of any rider regardless of age or ability. Participants will be riding the trails located north of town in the Rio Grande Forest between South Fork and Del Norte. Riders travel anywhere from 50 to 90 miles of trails per day and undergo rigorous skills tests throughout the race.
Bright also explained that the group would like to continue the tradition of supporting and endorsing local businesses. “Whether they are gas stations, restaurants, you’re selling propane or have another business that you would like to promote, please contact us with a logo or a link and we will use it on our T-shirts, our website or our Facebook page. We are all about engaging businesses however we can.”
To contact Bright, please visit www.shadyburro.com, visit their Facebook page at Shady Burro Enduro or email Bright at [email protected] for more information or to participate in the business endorsement.